The TCNYNJ welcomes you to our web site. We encourage you to read about our progress as we work to realize our dream of building a community center in New York City, the Tibetan-American Cultural Hall (TACH). We invite you to join our effort and participate in the many exciting upcoming events.
New York and New Jersey have embraced an increasing presence of Tibetan immigrants who now number over 5,000, the largest concentration of Tibetans in the United States and in the western world. Members of the Tibetan community engage in a diverse range of economic, social, and cultural pursuits and contribute to the richly patterned mosaic that is New York.
Our mission is to provide a venue where much-needed social services and educational programs are made available to the Tibetan community. We believe this venture will help provide stability for the furthering and sharing of Tibet’s unique culture as well as allow immigrants a facility where they can transition into, participate in, and contribute to civic life in the United States.
New York City and its cultural surroundings have been most welcoming of and receptive to Tibetans, who have clustered to the point of now reaching a critical mass. This is a vibrant, creative community of all ages and with a wide range of specific needs. Currently we are using voluntary services and rental spaces in scattered locations and on an ad-hoc basis to provide current educational and cultural programs. For example, our weekend language and culture program for Tibetan children, with over 180 enrolled students, takes place in rented space in Manhattan. Larger performance and conference venues are rented in different locations in Manhattan and Queens.The disparate rental locations and frequent relocations are disruptive to programming, particularly for children, and thus the urgent, practical need for a permanent community center is clear.
Tibetan Americans are demonstrating a growing interest in preserving and sharing their unique cultural heritage, both for the benefit of our children as well as for the community at large that has generously taken us in as immigrants. While we have confidence in the strength of our culture and its values, we also want to be proactive and bolster our distinct cultural heritage to ensure its longevity for future generations.
The TCNYNJ has an opportunity to serve as a leader and model to the rest of the Tibetan communities in the United States and around the world by developing a community center that will both galvanize Tibetans in the region and reach out to friends of Tibet and the greater community at large. We plan to showcase issues that are important for both Tibetans and a national audience by promoting events and conferences for peace and human rights causes. The NY/NJ Tibetan community hopes to become truly the Little Tibet of the east coast of the United States where all Tibetans will feel at home.
TACH will be owned, operated and managed professionally by the TCNYNJ and operated by a qualified, full-time, Tibetan staff.